Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has called on the Department of Education to facilitate a temporary site for a new secondary school for the Castleknock-Carpenterstown area immediately. He was speaking after he and Cllr Joe Corr, Chairperson of the County Dublin Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) met with representatives of the Castleknock Post-Primary Schools Group.
“I am calling on the Department of Education to immediately facilitate the setting up of a new post-primary schools for the Castleknock-Carpenterstown area by facilitating a temporary site for such a school. Having looked at the detailed presentation from the Castleknock Post-Primary Schools Group, it is clear that there is an urgent need for a new school to be up and running by September 2009. It would be impossible to have a permanent school building ready by that time, so I think it’s vital to situation the school in a temporary location now and then develop a permanent campus”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“Further, I am calling on the Minister for Education to include the new Castleknock post-primary school within her New Schools List for 2008. From 2009 Castleknock Community College is going to have to turn away the equivalent of two full classes – 60 students – each year. This is why I am asking the Minister to act now and prioritize the development of this new school”.
“At present, the most suitable location for the new school would seem to be the Kellystown area. In our meeting, the Castleknock Post-Primary Schools Group outlined their concerns about the health risks of locating the school near the M50, as was initially suggested. Both myself as the local Green Party representative and Joe Corr as the Chairperson of the VEC will continue to work to bring about this vital piece of educational infrastructure for Dublin 15 – the countries fastest growing area”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.